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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology B.A.

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View information for the Department of Anthropology and Geography , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

The Anthropology major offers basic preparation for careers requiring contemporary cross-cultural understanding and awareness of cultural heritages. Due to the growing global nature of today’s job market, cross-cultural training is often an employment prerequisite. The major emphasizes archaeology, ethnology, physical, and applied aspects of anthropology. It is also designed for students planning to teach social and biological sciences, and for students preparing for graduate work in anthropology and its various geographical areas/interdisciplinary specializations such as African Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. Training in Anthropology is ideal for pursuing a career in many related fields such as forensic science, biology, medicine, public health, law, public administration, and urban planning.


1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units)

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A wide background in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Biological Sciences is desirable. Students are encouraged to take introductory courses in related fields within these areas. Students preparing for graduate studies or a research career in anthropology should include a course in statistics, computer science, and at least one language other than English.

3. Complete the major.

Of not less than 31 upper-division units as approved by the major adviser; of these, no more than 8 units of CR-graded coursework from courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply toward the major. Completion of a minor is not required.

The Major

(31 units)

Complete a minimum of 31 upper-division units distributed as follows:

1. Take at least 3 units from each of the following areas:

  1. Ethnography, 3 units 
  2. Ethnology, 3 units 
  3. Physical Anthropology, 3 units 
  4. Archaeology, 3 units

See “Anthropology Sub-Areas,” below, for a list of approved courses in each area.

2. Complete the following required courses:

3. Practical Requirement:

Majors are required to take a course or combination of courses (for a minimum of 3 units) in which they practice the discipline of anthropology. These courses may also be used to meet other requirements (general education or major) as appropriate. This could be an internship, a winter term, semester or year of study abroad, an independent study project, or a laboratory-based course. Courses that can satisfy this requirement include (but are not limited to) the following:

4. Elective upper-division units in Anthropology to complete a total of 31 units.


Three units of approved upper-division coursework, taken outside of the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies may be applied as part of your upper-division electives in Anthropology. See your adviser for approval of this option.

The Concentrations

To concentrate in one area within the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, complete the above major program taking a minimum of 9 upper-division electives in one of the following: Ethnology, Physical Anthropology, or Archaeology (see Anthropology Sub-Areas, below). Such concentrations are recorded on students’ transcripts.

Special Interdisciplinary Concentrations for Physical Anthropology

Forensic Anthropology Track:

These courses substitute for all the Anthropology elective upper-division units and fulfill the practical requirement.

Medical Anthropology Track:

These courses substitute for all the Anthropology elective upper-division units and fulfill the practical requirement.

Liberal Studies Concentration in Anthropology

Please refer to the Liberal Studies  section of the catalog.

Social Sciences Concentration in Anthropology

Please refer to the Social Sciences  section of the catalog.

Teaching Credentials

Anthropology majors interested in a Social Sciences Subject Matter Preparation Program for a single-subject credential should review the subject matter preparation program requirements described in the Social Sciences  section of this catalog.  Please refer to the Teacher Education section of the Graduate Catalog for a description of other requirements to be completed for the single-subject credential.

Anthropology Sub-Areas

Lower Division

Upper Division

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